If you need bulbs for your home, you need LED bulbs. They are cheaper, more efficient, and longer lasting than conventional incadnescent bulbs. Best of all, LED bulbs in 2017 are much, much cheaper than they were when LED bulbs first started getting popular in 2012 or so.
This site is a buying guide for all kinds of LED bulbs, but it'll focus on the A19, which is the most popular bulb size in homes and work places. When you think "bulb" you are thinking of the A19 bulb size/shape with a traditional E26 base. Furthermore, we'll focus on affordable, safe bulbs for budget-focused home owners.
LED bulbs last a long time -- something like 25,000 hours. That's nearly 17 years if you use it 4 hours a day. What that means is that if you can deal with a slightly higher upfront cost, then it's worth it to buy the best bulbs you can. This might be a little bit uncomfortable at the start, but then you can just forget about bulbs for years at a time, all while saving money versus incandescent and CFL bulbs every time you turn on the lights.
This section focuses on the best LED bulbs you can get in 2017. Keep in mind that the best bulb at 60W-equivalent is usually the best bulb at 75W and 100W. We'll note when that's not the case.
We get it: bulbs traditionally were cheap, cheap, cheap, and they lasted long enough, so you want them to be cheap. That's totally understand able! In 2017 you can get a very good LED bulb for cheap, even under $2. It's possible to even get them for less, but at some point you'll be sacrificing too much in tersm of reliability and safety. Our picks are super affordable and also high quality.
You want a lot of light? Then you are looking for a 100W-equivalent bulb. That's 1600 lumens, which is how you get big rooms brightly lit.
Incandescent bulbs -- the ones most of use grew up with -- were sold using watts. A 40W was good for reading, a 60W was the most common one used for lighting homes, 75W was pretty bright and also used for general lighting, and then 100W meant you needed maximum brighthess. It all made sense. LED bulbs use a fraction of the energy of an incandescent bulb, so watts don't really makes sense any more. Instead bulb makers use lumens, though they tend to mention the "watt-equivalent" amount as well. Here is a chart to learn what brightness you want and what bulb you need.
|Watts||Lumens||Actual Power||Common Use?||LED Bulb Pick|
|75||1110||$11.5||More light||Amazon Basics|
|100||1600||14||High ceilings||Philips 455717|
Incandescent bulbs are pretty much burning and, like most things that burn, they put out a soft yellow light. This tone is described in terms of degrees Kelvin, with lower number being known as "warm" and higher numbers being called "cool" (because of the blue tones they take on).
On the othe side of the spectrum you have 5000K (a popular 5000K bulb option), which is a blue tone that is more often found in Asia and Europe, and most often associated with fluorescent lighting. You should get what you prefer -- lower number for yellower light and a cozy feel or higher numbers for whiter and then bluer light with a more industrial, hospital feel.
It's worth nothing that lighting does extend past 2700K and 5000K, but those are the most common ends of the buying spectrum.